15 Fascinating Lesser-Known Science Facts. Facts This is actually our third list of science facts, but here we have focussed especially on lesser-known trivia.
Hopefully you will find at least a handful of items here that are completely new to you. Be sure to add your own fascinating facts to the comments. If you wish to read the previous lists of facts, they are: Top 20 Amazing Science Facts, and Another 15 Amazing Science Facts. 6 Intimate Details You Can Tell Just By Looking At Someone. How much would you pay to be able to read another person's mind?
As superpowers go, it's a hell of a lot more of a game changer than, say, flight. Your career, your relationships -- everything would change. But experts say you can gather a whole bunch of intimate details about a person just by looking at them. SexFacts_tsj.jpg from thesmokingjacket.com - StumbleUpon. Why Do We Have Sex? "Sex is hard to explain," writes Michael Brothurst in a recent article in the journal Science.
Like others in his field, Brothurst, who studies the evolution of sexual reproduction at the University of Liverpool, doesn't "get" men. "Since males can't reproduce by themselves and often contribute nothing except genes to their offspring, a population of asexual females can grow at double the rate of a population that reproduces sexually," he writes. Why, then, do males exist at all? Why do most plants and animals have two sexes — that is, two sexes who have sex with each other — instead of just one?
The most likely explanation is known as the Red Queen hypothesis, named after the monarch in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass. " 5 Great Scientists Who Believed Wildly Unscientific Things. If you've been reading Cracked for a while, you probably already know that some scientists had pretty unorthodox methods of experimentation, and that some others were thought of as idiots in their time.
But those are all just cases of misunderstood genius -- brilliant people doing crazy things in the service of the scientific method. What's harder to figure out are the famously brilliant scientists who went above and beyond to proudly wave two middle fingers in the face of reason.